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30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

16th May 2017

Finally got my pointing pictures up and into the Vault. Don't ask me why.

25th April 2017

Opened up a new section all for including stuff about the board game Super Dungeon Explore. There's not much in there yet until my own rules are finished, but hopefully will get some content in there soon.

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Straight No IV

Computer Games Blog

This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.

23rd May 2012 - The Last Tale Has Been Told

Right, just finished Tales Of Monkey Island. Wow, what a ball ache, especially chapters 3 & 5. Frelling backwards and forwards looking everywhere and trying everything. Sheesh. It's not even that funny any more either. I think there's a bit of Red Dwarf syndrome going on with this series in that they should have let it die many years ago. Well, either that or make it better. By the end it was just so damn dull I can't even begin to describe. Oh well.
Here's some chapter 5 screenies:

Ghost Guybrish cops a whiff of ghost fart

Ghost Guybrish cops a whiff of ghost fart

Zombie Guybrish wants grog!

Zombie Guybrish wants grog!

Guybrish has trouble with the missus. Never liked the stuck up bitch anyway.

Guybrish has trouble with the missus. Never liked the stuck up bitch anyway.

Fork you, LeChuck!

Fork you, LeChuck!

15th May 2012 - Maximum Random

Guybrush's new balls

Guybrush's new balls

Been playing a whole load of different and random stuff over the last month. Firstly, I got Obitus on the Amiga emulator working at last, and have plans for that for the future, but for now it's on the back burner.

My adventure through The Tales Of Monkey Island continues, though I had to leave it for a while during the third chapter, as the bit inside the manatee bored me to tears. But now I'm passed that and am well into chapter 4, and hopefully will have it done soon. I have encountered several strange little bugs throughout though. Late on in chapter one, while just mucking around trying to work things out, I tried to use a bomb on some statue-thing and the game told me: "These aren't the eyes I'm looking for" or something like that, which was very confusing and made no sense. The next one, which I think was in chapter 2, was when I was in a ship-to-ship fight, and a cannon ball fired by the enemy froze in mid air, hovering above my ship's deck, allowing me to walk around it. There have been other issues, mainly with the camera.

Even though I'm not fully done with Resident Evil 2 yet, I've already bought Resident Evil 3 and have got stuck into that. This time however, I decided to buy it on the PC, thinking that using a keyboard would make movement much easier than the awkward d-pad on the Playstation controllers. This has turned out to be true, though unfortunately it has also made the fighting parts more difficult, especially as RE3 is more fast paced than the first two. So I've downloaded some nifty bit of software so I can use the PS3 controller on my laptop for the next time I play it, and hopefully that will be a bit better. Bloody Nemesis. Unlike the first 2 though, I have no current plans to make mega maps for this one. I'm just playing it to get it done.

I haven't played Star Trek Online now for over a month. Last time I played it, me and Gallear surprisingly had a great laugh going through a few missions and had no bugs. He has since gone on to hit top level, so I really will have to get back into it soon, catch him up and try some end game stuff.

Mr. Gallear fights dirty

Mr. Gallear fights dirty

Break dancin

Break dancin

What the...?

What the...?

And then for some bizarre reason, last week I played through the Ghostbusters game again for about the fifth time, and have started Arkham City again.

As it's been about 6 years since my tower last got as much as a minor upgrade, a couple of weeks back I was looking at buying a first new PC for probably a decade (I don't count my cruddy laptop). I need to do some more research about all the new tech and exactly what it is I want. It's been a long time since I took any notice of IT advancements, and it's no longer Pentium Vs Athlon with AGP graphics like it was back when I knew what I was on about...

16th April 2012 - Tales Of An Island's Evil Resident Monkey

A couple weeks back I had the plan of going through (and mapping) an old Amiga game called Obitus, that I used to play as a kid but never really got very far. However, I couldn't get it to work on the emulator, so instead plumped for doing the same thing with Resident Evil 2.
Resident Evil 2 was another one of those games that I'd played many years ago and never finished. Bit of a shame, as me and a few friends had played this while on holiday in Cornwall over a decade ago. It was a lot of fun to get in at night after whatever grooviness we'd been up to that day and sit in the dark trying to fight our way through the zombie hordes. I can't fully remember, but I think we played as Leon and got all the way through to the end, but could not defeat Birkin's bull-like form as we had completely run out of ammo. It wasn't until much later I learned there is a Scenario A and B for each character, so we never did get as close to the end as we had thought. Oh well.
And so for the last week or so I have been busy studying and playing the game and have started to produce maps to match those I did for the original Resident Evil last year. This game is much more confusing as I'm trying to map both scenarios for both characters, combining them onto one map wherever possible. The first few maps are up, and I will continue to upload them over the next couple of weeks as and when I can finish them.

Guybrush Threepwood. Mighty pirate!

Guybrush Threepwood. Mighty pirate!

Resident Evil maps

And this very day I have started on a slightly different gaming journey. For a long while Monkey Island 2 was the only game in the series I had not completed, but that changed last year when I bought the special editions. But somehow the release of Tales Of Monkey Island (number 5) had somehow passed me by. Mr. Gallear recently loaned it to me however, and now I am getting stuck into the first chapter. So far I am not a fan of the different control method or the weird "close up" camera angles, but hopefully I'll get used to it.